Performers since 1985

Although this exhibit focuses on the first dozen years of the festival, there is a wealth of great music to be heard in subsequent years.  Colorado-based Hot Rize was at their peak on this performance of “I’ve Been All Around This World” (1986). California-based Laurie Lewis was an emerging star in the late 1980s and early 1990s, heard here on “Diamond Joe” (1990). Fast forward to 2012 to find old time well-represented with the Jumpsteady Boys, a supergroup featuring Mike Compton, Joe Newberry, Rafe Stefanini, and Bruce Molsky. Molsky’s fiddling drives this version of “I Get My Whiskey From Rockingham” (2012). Bringing the collection full circle, Ricky Skaggs hosted a special tribute to festival co-founder Ralph Stanley after his passing in 2016, and is heard here with guest Danny Paisley on the Stanley classic “Nobody’s Love Is Like Mine” (2016).

I’ve Been All Around This World (by Hot Rize), 1986

Diamond Joe (by Laurie Lewis And Grant Street), 1990

I Get My Whiskey From Rockingham (by Jumpsteady Boys), 2012

Nobody’s Love Is Like Mine (by Ricky Skaggs And Kentucky Thunder), 2016

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Performers since 1985